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The New York Times’ metro section mysteriously disappeared

It’s still called the New York Times, but good luck finding any section of the print edition that’s devoted exclusively to news from New York.

The paper’s March 23 edition ran a “Note to Our Readers,” in which it said the New York section would not be appearing that day. It hasn’t returned since.

“There is no separate New York section,” the March 23 note said as the coronavirus had begun ravaging the city and was seemingly the only story in town. “New York coverage is included as part of the Tracking an Outbreak section on pages A4-A13.”

That was the last time the New York section was mentioned, and there has been no note to explain where it went.

The Metro desk, overseen by Associate Managing Editor Cliff Levy, has long been viewed as a stepchild to a paper that always seemed more interested in national and international news.

Publisher A.G. Sulzberger is said to be no fan of Metro or New York as a separate section, since local stories tend to pull less traffic on the Web.

In 2008, the Metro section lost its stand-alone status, but still had its own heading on several pages of news in the section that fronts the paper. There are estimated to be more than 50 editorial staffers on the desk, following voluntary buyouts two years ago to the department’s editorial staffers.

In Tuesday’s paper, one page of the five pages devoted to coronavirus carried a “New York region” label. But most days even that tip doesn’t appear.

“In the beginning, it made a lot of sense, it was obviously all COVID, all the time,” said one source. “But New York is not ground zero for coronavirus coverage anymore. And they still have not brought the pages back.”

“It feels strategic,” the source added. “Maybe they don’t intend to ever bring it back. Maybe they feel it will be better to have stories sprinkled throughout the paper.

A Times spokeswoman did not return a call seeking comment.

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The 5 times De Gea was let off for horror blunders proving Man Utd should drop him amid Dean Henderson competition – The Sun

THE fact Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to defend David De Gea tells you something is very wrong.

The Manchester United goalkeeper, 29, has come in for huge criticism of late, with many fans believing his time as No1 must be over.

Dean Henderson has been in sublime form for Sheffield United and could return to take over the gloves from blunder-prone De Gea.

Once the Red Devils' perennial Player of the Year, the Spaniard could now be left to rot on the bench, or even sold.

But he's been given more chances than any other goalkeeper in recent Premier League history.

We've taken a look at FIVE times De Gea was given the backing of Solskjaer when perhaps he shouldn't have…

1. JUNE 2020 – Tottenham

IN the first game back from lockdown, De Gea allowed Steven Bergwijn's near post shot through to give Spurs a 27th-minute lead in North London.

Addressing his blunder, Solskjaer gave the Spaniard his full backing by calling him the "best goalkeeper in the world".

He said: “He makes great saves, he wins games for us and I still think he’s the best goalkeeper in the world."

2. MARCH 2020 – Everton

JUST before lockdown came into force, De Gea dawdled on the ball and his delayed clearance hit Everton’s Dominc Calvert-Lewin’s outstretched leg and went in.

Again, his boss protected him in the media, saying: "It's something that happens in football once in a while if you take too long on the ball”

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